Top Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, says the Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization is the “Party of Satan.”
In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Sunday, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, slammed Lebanese Hezbollah group as “party of Satsan” that seeks to “sow discord” among Muslims.
Sheikh Qaradawi lamented his previous defense of Hezbollah and Iran at a time when major Muslim scholars, notably in Saudi Arabia, had voiced skepticism over the militia group’s plotting in the region.
“When Hezbollah was fighting against Israel, I defended it. I stood against the Muslim scholars in Saudi Arabia, the most renowned scholars who warned us against Hezbollah,” Sheikh Qaradawi said.
“They warned us against Hezbollah’s plans to sow discord. They warned us against their ideology and intentions. I stood up and defended them [Hezbollah],” he added.
He described the group, whose name means in Arabic the Party of God, as a “party of Satan” that seeks to sow discord in the Muslim land.
“Those who are fighting against the Syrian people and call themselves Hezbollah (Party of God) in Arabic are the Party of Satan,” he said.